- How Cold Does Scotland Get?
Or to be more specific, would a weekend riding and camping in Aviemore in mid november be a good idea or not? I know guessing the weather is a fools game, but would snow be likely, if so would it be a lot of snow? Is there a really cheap yoof hostel? Etc etc…
I have camped in november before, and am not a complete sissy, but I do have a niggling feeling my impatience to get back to Scotland is getting the better of me. Any thoughts are appreciated.Posted 8 years agoshortbread_fanylionSubscriber
You're right – guessing the weather is a fools game. I reckon the temperature will be anywhere between minus 15 and plus 15 at that time of year. I'm guessing you're from quite some way south of Aviemore – if so it will likely be a bit colder than your used to.Posted 8 years agoNagsNogMember
This time last year ….Posted 8 years agohungry monkeyMember
aye, it'll be no bother. just pack decent waterproofs, mebbe a softshell and the like – tights would prob be a good idea as well as some warm footware.Posted 8 years ago
i'd be more careful about picking a route – one without too much bog etc (which pretty much rules out any kenny wilson rides i know, for eg… 😡 )devsMember
Well it's only 2 weeks away and it's 13 deg outside now at 2330. But this time last year there was loads of snow and at the start of dec it was about -10 at night. I remember it being -28 in 81ish and -22 in 95. Last winter we had a couple of weeks where the temp didn't get above freezing and I rode Laggan at -14. Ask us one on sport!Posted 8 years agoPractical MattMember
This year is unseasonably warm, but Aviemore and further West in the Highlands can suddenly snap to type easily and go from mild to V cold. Best take some cold weather gear with you and leave it in the car/hostel if you don't need it.
I'm racing my dog team in the sled dog races there in january, it'll be very snowy then – or at least it'd better be or else the dogs will have their work cut out!Posted 8 years agojojoA1Member
Were you going to be wild camping of staying on a campsite? If on a campsite, you could get a hostel bed for not much more (the Aviemore Hostel next to the Spey is about £14-£15), so that would be my choice.Posted 8 years ago
It has been unseasonably warm up here (Moray Coast, about an hour's drive from Aviemore) and we were riding at Laggan in short sleeves (plus waterproofs as it was pishing down) last weekend.
As for the riding, it will be fine so long as you take a selection of clothing for all the myriad weather eventualities that are possible.b rMember
It really depends on the height and 'outlook' of the campsite – that far north any altitude really brings the temp down.
Make sure you've spare socks, something to get you through the long/dark/cold night (big iPod?) and for cooking something other than gas – as its not very efficient if cold, and with enough fuel if need be to burn throughout the night.Posted 8 years ago
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